Posts Tagged ‘crash-rated barriers’

What Are Crash Ratings and What Do They Mean?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
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Fences such as this one, with K4 crash ratings, can withstand significant damage.

Security gates and fences are issued a “K” rating to communicate their security abilities and strength. A K rating is a Crash Test Certification issued by the Department of State (DOS) to any fence, gate, bollard, or barrier, which indicates how the barrier reacts to a vehicle of a specific weight at a particular speed. Essentially, the K crash ratings indicate the stopping power of a barrier. The crash ratings indicate something specifically for each gate and are communicating to people designing security barriers what they can expect. Read on to learn how each crash rating differs, and what each rating means for your security needs.  (more…)

Why Are Anti-Ram Barriers So Important?

Friday, October 7th, 2016
Crash-rated barriers

Anti-ram barriers are one of the most important tools when it comes to protecting your building and employees or customers from any harm.

When planning traffic control for your private or public property, there are many high security options available to protect your property and building. Anti-ram barriers are one of the most important tools when it comes to protecting your building and employees or customers from any harm. Why exactly are anti-ram barriers so important?

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Could a Distracted Driver Damage Your High Security Facility?

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
distracted driving awareness month

A distracted driver could hinder the security of your perimeter and take lives. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, how will you spread awareness?

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, as observed by the National Safety Council. Thousands of people die in car crashes every year, but those numbers seems to be steadily increasing due to distracted drivers using their cell phones and other devices behind the wheel. Distracted driving fatalities are preventable! Even if you are a safe driver, you or your property could still be negatively affected by the actions of a distracted driver.

Hercules High Security is here to tell you about how Distracted Driving Awareness Month relates to your high security facility. (more…)

What are K-Ratings for Fences?

Friday, January 16th, 2015

At Hercules High Security, we take great pride in offering our customers k-rated anti-crash fences, designed to stop even the toughest vehicles from gaining unauthorized access to your property or facility. Today, we’ll explain exactly what the k-rating system is and what it means for you.

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What is a K-Rating?

A k-rating is a crash test certification, given out by the Department of state, that indicates how well a fence or other barrier will stand up to impact from a vehicle. Specifically, k-ratings are designed to provide a universal measurement system for a barrier’s effectiveness measured against vehicles of a certain weight, traveling at a specific speed. The k-rating system assumes the standard weight of a vehicle is 15,000 lbs, which is the weight of a typical semi-truck cab, and three times the weight of the average American car. In order to be certified with a specific k-rating, a fence or barrier must allow no more than 36 in of the truck bed to penetrate the barrier, when that truck is traveling at a certain speed.

  • A K4 rating means that a 15,000 lb truck, moving at 30 mph, will not penetrate the fence or barrier more than 36 inches pat the truck bed.
  • A K8 rating certifies a barrier for a vehicle moving at 40mph
  • A K12 rating certifies a barrier for a vehicle moving at 50 mph

People are often confused by the measurement of “36in past the truck bed,” assuming that if a truck can make it to the truck bed, the occupants will have gained entry into their facility. This is not the case. For a fence or barrier to achieve any k-rating, it cannot break. This means that even though a truck traveling at 50 mph could partially penetrate a K12-rated barrier or fence, to do so would completely destroy the vehicle and its occupants while leaving the barrier or fence intact.

K-rated fences and barriers are widely used in various fields, all over the world, protecting government facilities and private residences alike. The k-rating is the world standard for every known anti-terrorism crash protector made within the past 15 years, having become standardized in 2000.

Looking for K-Rated Fences and Barriers?

Call Hercules High Security! All high security fences designed and installed by Hercules Fence will provide great strength and design. Look around our website to get a corporate overview and tour of our Hercules Fence Facility. Our entire line of fencing comes with extended warranties to ensure you have superior high security products for years to come. Our high security fence contractors truly offer security in every job. We have provided excellent fence designs and exceptional customer service since 1955. Request an estimate today with us to start on your high security project.

We have six convenient locations and there is a Hercules Fence professional ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area to North Carolina. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

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Stop Traffic with Crash-Rated Barriers

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Your top security facility needs all the safety precautions it can get, and in a high-traffic area, this becomes all the more important. While fences and bollards can certainly serve their purposes, you may need the additional help of a crash-rated barrier. Read on to discover more about this security measure and how it has been proven to stop traffic in its tracks!

Crash-rated barriersCrash-Rated Barriers Keep Out Unauthorized Vehicles

Depending on the specific level of security you think will best suit your needs, you have a wide range of crash-rated barrier options. Like crash-rated fences, barriers adhere to the K-rating system, a system created by the U.S. State Department which assigns different numbers to barriers of different strengths. These include:

K4 Barriers: These barriers can stop a vehicle weighing up to 15,000 pounds and traveling up to 30 miles per hour.

K8 Barriers: These barriers can stop a vehicle weighing up to 15,000 pounds and traveling up to 40 miles per hour.

K12 Barriers: These barriers can stop a vehicle weighing up to 15,000 pounds and traveling up to 50 miles per hour.

This standardized crash-rating system ensures that you are able to pick the right crash-rated barrier for your facility. Alternative options, such as barrier arms and anti-ram barriers, also work to keep out traffic and intruders using vehicles to infiltrate your facility. From military forts to government buildings, crash-rated barriers are an ideal way to provide an extra layer of security where you need it most.

All About Hercules High Security

All high security fences designed and installed by Hercules Fence will provide great strength and design. Look around our website to get a corporate overview and tour of our Hercules Fence Facility. Our entire line of fencing comes with extended warranties to ensure you have superior high security products for years to come. Our high security fence contractors truly offer security in every job. We have provided excellent fence designs and exceptional customer service since 1955. Request an estimate today with us to start on your high security project.

We have six convenient locations and there is a Hercules Fence professional ready to serve you from Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area to North Carolina. Our branch offices are in Manassas, Richmond, Newport News, Norfolk, Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

Check out Hercules High Security Fence on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and YouTube.